Posted at 12:50 PM ET, 04/12/2012

World Financial Center in New York evacuated because of toy grenade


2 World Financial Center in New York. (Creative commons)
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A World Financial Center building in New York City, across the street from the World Trade Center, was evacuated because of what turned out to be a toy grenade.

A private security guard said he thought he saw something suspicious while screening a package at 2 World Financial Center, NBC News reports. The suspicious item turned out to be a toy grenade, mounted on a plaque that read “Complaint Dept. Pull Pin,” according to NBC.

After an investigation by a New York Police Department bomb squad, people were let back into the building.

The 2 World Financial Center building was badly damaged by falling debris during the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, and was closed for repairs until May 2002.

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